A wonderful part of being a Wishful Thinking Woman is having fun, savoring and celebrating the moments and trying new things, so I've created a fantastic fall "Bounty & Balance" afternoon for us to enjoy all of those things.
Our journey begins with a relaxing country drive to "31 Produce". (http://31produce.com/home) This family owned and operated down-home, u-pick or purchase farm is an amazing little country oasis at 18500 State Road 31, Alva, FL 33920. (About 35 minutes and 22 miles from downtown Cape Coral.)
Everything in this produce palace is local. They grow their own fruits and veggies, including strawberries, dragon fruits, zipper and black-eyed peas, peppers, onions, cauliflower and so much more. Fun healthy food in so many shapes, color and sizes, many of which will be tossed in a super healthy, fresh-out-of the-garden salad just for us!
Our salad lunch will be more than $5, but less than $10, depending on the number of attendees. Check them out on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wishful-Thinking-Works/315777307694?ref=hl#!/31Produce).
We will linger here a bit, savoring the moment and weaving a few Wishful Thinking moments into our visit, as we checkout their cute new country store, jars of jam and pickled this and pickled that, and amazing hand-hewn wood furniture in a super friendly open air atmosphere. (Bring a cooler - you won't want to pass up the chance to purchase and take home some fresh fruits and veggies! Strawberries should be ripe for the picking on the 22nd!)
At 3:30 we will head to the Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk (http://www.moghop.com/programs/special_programs_retreats.htm) at the Mother of God House of Prayer Retreat and Spiritual Growth Center (http://www.moghop.com/) at 17880 Cypress Creek Road, Alva, 33920. This peaceful natural setting is the perfect place to renew and refresh yourself and your dreams while enjoying one of nature's most balanced moments - the equinox - the time when our day is exactly as long as our night. The walk will be facilitated by the Retreat Center staff, so if it is your first labyrinth walk - not to worry - you will be in good hands. (It's my first labyrinth, too!) Suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, all of which goes to the Retreat Center. FYI - The time listed on their website, is incorrect - the Walk really is from 4-5:30 p.m. Gather your friends or car pool with other Wishful Thinking Woman to take time to savor and celebrate autumn - the season of balance and bounty.
This is a perfect event for new and old members, so sign-up soon whether you're a newbie or a regular.
PS I know many of us are meeting that morning, but I didn't want to pass up the equinox opportunity and the farm is the perfect fall add on!
PSS If you can only come for the Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk, please include that info in your RSVP.
Special thanks to Joan for telling me about the Retreat Center!
A bit of info about labyrinths: (http://www.angelfire.com/tn/SacredLabyrinth/)
When you walk a labyrinth, you meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time you enter a different circuit. As you shift your direction you also shift your awareness from right brain to left brain. This is one of the reasons the labyrinth can induce receptive states of consciousness.
Each person's walk is a personal experience. How one walks and what one receives differs with each walk. Some people use the walk for clearing the mind and centering. Others enter with a question or concern. The time in the center can be used for receiving, reflecting, meditating, or praying, as well as discovering our own sacred inner space. What each person receives can be integrated on the walk out. Your walk can be a healing and sometimes very profound experience or it can be just a pleasant walk. Each time is different.